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Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual Existential-Humanistic
Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
The area of abuse counselling includes both physical, emotional and sexual abuse therapy effectively conducted in a safe and caring environment. While not visible on the outside, emotional abuse is also a form of assault which, if left untreated, can leave lifelong emotional scars. Abusers often use intimidation to create guilt and fear to make the victim feel ashamed and isolated from other people.
● The symptoms of physical abuse are usually the easiest to see, with victims making excuses for scars and bruises.
● Children who are sexually abused will often have an age-inappropriate knowledge of sexuality and may even suffer from sexualy transmitted diseases, or pregnancy.
● Emotional abuse often goes hand-in-hand with either sexual, and or physical abuse. The victim will usually display a poor self-esteem, anxiety, withdrawal from social interactions, lack of trust, pessimism, and suicide attempts, to name but a few.
Abuse is often carried through generations, causing victims to become abusers, too. However, abuse can be stopped.
Therapists in this directory use a range of approaches to address abuse victims to deal with their fears, anxiety and feelings of shame. They can also help perpetrators to put an end to the abuse. Psychologists and counsellors utilize a variety of approaches to help victims heal from sexual, emotional or physical abuse. Couples, group and family therapy can often be helpful.
If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of abuse, you can search through the list of names below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.
Existential-Humanistic psychotherapies emphasize a collaborative approach to the understanding of the client's full experience rather than just the symptom, thoughts or behaviour. Psychological problems are viewed as the result of a restricted ability to make authentic, meaningful, and self-directed choices about how to live. Consequently, interventions are aimed at increasing client self-awareness and self-understanding. The key words for existential-humanistic therapy are acceptance and growth, responsibility and freedom.
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Dr. Duma is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto.
She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of clinical issues including:... Read more
I believe that we ALL have the power to heal ourselves. This means that this power resides in YOU too. If that’s hard to believe, I hope that you will grant yourself the opportunity to discover it. In our work... Read more
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in... Read more
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15201) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10002791). I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The first thing I want you to know... Read more
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I value people and I care deeply for those that I work with. At this time of world-wide crisis, I have added online, video counselling to my method of delivering counselling because I hope to be able to offer you... Read more
COVID-19 Update, July 2020: I continue to offer video and telephone appointments. I also see a limited number of people in person, which may change as the pandemic changes.
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and aa ceirtified Expressive Arts Therapist. I have expertise in helping people who have experienced Domestic Violence or... Read more
Welcome. My name is Aiden and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). I hold a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University, a Bachelor of... Read more
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Azula holds her Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience in private practice. She has also worked as a clinician with Mental Health Services for 16 years... Read more
I'm warm, kind, respectful, and perceptive
I'm an experienced therapist with a very good reputation. My career has included Hospital, University, and Private Practice work
I've had leadership positions... Read more
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In addition to in-person services, I offer Online Talk Therapy and Online Play Therapy.
Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has specialized training in child and trauma therapy.... Read more
In private practice since 2007, Norma has been a dynamic clinical therapist across diverse health settings since 1989.
Currently she practices with Clear Counselling Inc. in Vancouver, as well as an office on... Read more
Barbara Madani, Registered Psychologist has provided counseling and psychotherapy for over 30 years and is located in Vancouver. She has practiced in settings as diverse as schools, hospitals and universities. Barbara... Read more
Finding the right counsellor who you connect with, trust, and who can support you in the ways you need is so crucial. I offer free 30 minute in-person consultations to decide if I'm the right fit for you. This... Read more
My name is Suzana Dujmic and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle (Vancouver campus) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth... Read more
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